Fairs and food go hand in hand and the end of July always brings us the first tastes of new fair foods. Almost every state fair nationwide has new food they are featuring. Here are 15 new foods we are looking forward to in 2015:
Deep Fried Pretzel Crusted Brownies On-a-Stick – Wisconsin State Fair
Please divert your calorie-counting eyes. This new item features fresh-baked fudge brownies rolled in pretzel pieces, deep-fried and served on-a-stick with a side of sea salt caramel dipping sauce.
Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob – California State Fair
The aptly-named Bacon Habit booth has figured out a way to affix bacon to the fair staple. Amber and Nathan Vanderwarker’s porcine-centric Bacon Habit setup also has something new. “Buttery corn on the cob is such a fair staple,” Amber Vanderwarker said, “but we wrap it in four pieces of hickory-smoked bacon and crisp it up on the grill.”
Deep Fried Ribs – Minnesota State Fair
Not sure why this wasn’t done before. Smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce.
Churro Sundae – Wisconsin State Fair
This one has gained a lot of early buzz. A warm churro placed inside a chocolate glazed long john donut, topped with two dips of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sundae topping.
Elephant Ear Ice Cream – Ohio State Fair
Velvet Ice Cream, which is celebrating its 101st year, has developed a new flavor: Elephant Ear. Velvet created the one-of-a-kind frozen confection by starting with its traditional recipe vanilla, then swirling in a sweet caramel sauce and crispy nuggets of fried, cinnamon-coated elephant ear.
“We wanted to create a flavor for year’s fairgoers that’s unique to the fair and truly captures that special State Fair experience,” Velvet Ice Cream’s vice president Joanne Danger said. “With our history of more than 101 years in Ohio’s dairy industry, Velvet Ice Cream is always proud to be a major part of the Ohio State Fair. And every year we look forward to creating a special flavor for fairgoers.”
Totchos – Minnesota State Fair
Amazingly a gluten-free offering, the Totchos features tater tots smothered in cheddar cheese sauce with seasoned sour cream, bacon bits and green onions. If that’s not enough you can always add chicken or taco-style ground beef.
Apple Pie On-A-Stick – Iowa State Fair
Amazingly this hasn’t been done before but here is how it works. First you dip the sliced apples in funnel cake batter and apple pie spice. Then, of course, you deep fry it. Finally the whole thing is topped with cinnamon sugar and served with a side of gooey caramel.
Snickers Wrapped in Bacon – Illinois State Fair
The sweet, nougaty Snickers has now been one-upped by wrapping it in bacon for the 2015 event. Can’t wait to see how this is served and how well the tightly-wound and salty bacon goes with the sweetness of the candy bar.
Deep-Fried Nacho Balls – Iowa State Fair
What if we could put nachos into an easy-to-eat ball? That was the thought process that went into the Deep-Fried Nacho Ball. The balls — filled to max capacity with ground beef, jalapeños, and cheddar cheese — are rolled in a nacho cheese-Dorito crust before being thrown in the fryer and served up with a side of nacho cheese.
Deep Fried Coffee – Illinois State Fair
Get your caffeine fix in a new format – a donut-like coffee-bean ball that is topped with whip cream to give you that perfect fair pick-me-up. Did we mention it is topped with whip cream?
Deep-fried sweet corn – Indiana State Fair
Polished off with a slightly tangy garlic lime butter, this long-time vendor uses cornmeal batter to coat sweet Indiana corn before dropping the whole cobs into hot oil. The corn is sweet and juicy, the coating crunchy and not too heavy, with queso fresco lending a salty hint.
Corn in a Cup – Iowa State Fair
Corn on the Cob is so last year. 2015 is all about the cup, and this new food is not just a cup of corn as the name implies. The snack comes in two varieties: The Iowan (corn niblets, cheddar cheese, pork sausage, mayo, butter, lime, and “spicy magic dust,” whatever that is) and The Mexican (corn niblets, pork chorizo, butter, mayo, coyote cheese, lime, and the aforementioned “spicy magic dust”).
Beer Battered Pretzel Coated Deep Fried Cheese Curds – Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin cheese curds coated in a pilsner beer batter with crushed pretzels and panko bread crumbs then deep-fried and served with a zesty Caribbean sauce. Not done yet, they then add bacon bits and make them portable by putting them on a stick. Of course.
Ultimate Bacon Explosion – Iowa State Fair
We haven’t seen photos of this yet, but on-paper this dish sounds like a winner. This swine-centric dish features smoked ground brisket, onions, pepper cheese, and diced jalapeños, all wrapped in bacon and finished with a sweet and spicy chili glaze.
Wis-Cone-Sin – Wisconsin State Fair
In a menu item that can apparently only be served in Wisconsin, a soft pretzel cone is filled with German rot kohl (red cabbage dish), hand breaded chicken schnitzel, a homemade potato pancake wedge topped with crispy cinnamon apple straws and a drizzle of Oktoberfest beer reduction.
Grandstand is a fully-featured event platform for fairs of all shapes and sizes. From the smallest county fair to the largest state fair, our platform gives you the power to customize an app that is right for your event. The Grandstand platform features fully-integrated schedules, maps, news feeds, photo booth tools, and even full results from both open class and 4-H/FFA events.
The 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup app was met with the perfect storm of excited youth, social content creation in the app, and the ability to finally ditch the paper schedules for one of the nation’s largest 4-H gatherings. When more than 3,000 youth descended upon College Station, Texas earlier this week, the iPhone and Android app was a companion for a majority of them.
Like all Grandstand apps, the Roundup app featured detailed schedules, interactive maps, event favoriting, sharing opportunities and other important information attendees need to know. But it was the added features that proved most popular for Texas youth. The photo booth feature that allowed app users to snap a photo and save it or share it in a custom 4-H Roundup-branded frame, saw usage and sharing by more than a third of the app users. Since the frame contained the event hashtag, the viral nature of these photos helped make the #texas4hroundup a trending-topic on the first day in Houston on Twitter. Mixed with the opportunity to share the hashtag from the events pages, map pages, and social pages, the event saw an increased social engagement from previous years.
The app also featured something important to teenagers, money saving opportunities at local restaurants. Participating restaurants could list specials available only to users of the app.
Over the course of the 3-day Roundup, 69% of the users who downloaded the app used it more than 5 times during the 3-day Roundup. In fact, popular items, like the event screen, saw average view times that exceeded 4 minutes each time. Even more impressive, the average user added more than 6 events to their custom itinerary.
Using the Grandstand Manager, Texas 4-H personnel sent once push notification per day which caused immediate spikes in traffic at the moment of delivery. Texas used this to announce last-second venue changes, but also made those changes within the app for a seamless experience for the users.
Summer is our favorite season of the year as it means Fairs and Festivals season is upon us. The Summer of 2015 is proving to be a huge one for Grandstand which is in the process of rolling out apps for some of the largest Fairs and Festivals in the country, including the Ohio State Fair, Minnesota State Fair, Nebraska State Fair, Lancaster County Fair, and more.
Stay tuned for more details on all our event rollouts. There is still time to get an app for your 2015 fair. We can launch an app for your fair in as little as 3 weeks from start to finish. Contact us today at 402-770-1654.